Ken Shane’s Soul Serenade

Nancy Wilson

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Soul Serenade: Nancy Wilson, “Face It Girl, It’s Over”

Happy New Year! During the holidays I decided to determine once and for all how long I’ve been writing this column. I searched the...

Aretha Franklin - "Silent Night"

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Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “Silent Night” (Solo Piano Version)

Let’s face it, 2018 was not a very good year. The nation seemed to become even more divided and at times it felt like the whole world...

Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes

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Soul Serenade: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”

Alright, I admit it. There’s more Philly Soul covered in this column than music from any other soul capitol. There are a few reasons...

Dee Dee Sharp

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Soul Serenade: Dee Dee Sharp, “Ride!”

Some glorious Philadelphia soul preceded the glory years of Philly Soul...

The Clovers

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Soul Serenade: The Clovers, “Love Potion No. 9”

The Clovers long, distinguished career began in 1946 and hasn't ended yet...

Edwin Hawkins Singers

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Soul Serenade: The Edwin Hawkins Singers, “Ooh Child”

Two years after the Five Stairsteps brought a song of hope to the Top 10 the Edwin Hawkins Singers brought their gospel soul to it...

Gene Chandler

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Soul Serenade: Gene Chandler, “Groovy Situation”

Gene Chandler's career spanned the years from doo-wop to disco with lots of hits in between...

Dobie Gray

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Soul Serenade: Dobie Gray, “Drift Away”

"Drift Away" was a smash in 1973 and then again 30 years later...

The Delfonics

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Soul Serenade: The Delfonics, “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)”

Do you remember when you first fell in love with Philly Soul? For me, it was in 1968 because that was the year when the Delfonics’...

Otis Rush

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Soul Serenade: Otis Rush, “Homework”

Otis Rush died recently but not before leaving a lasting blues and soul legacy...

Stax '68

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Soul Serenade: Stax ’68 — A Memphis Story

1968 was a momentous year for the nation, the city of Memphis, and Stax Records...

The Joe Jeffrey Group

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Soul Serenade: The Joe Jeffrey Group, “My Pledge of Love”

The Joe Jeffrey Group established themselves as one-hit-wonders with a 1969 hit...

Rose Royce

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Soul Serenade: Rose Royce, “Car Wash”

In 1977 Rose Royce's debut single rose to the top of the pop and R&B charts...

Hot Chocolate

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Soul Serenade: Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing”

A soulful British band took a song to the upper reaches of the US charts in 1975...

The Vibrations

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Soul Serenade: The Vibrations, “My Girl Sloopy”

"Sloopy" was a bigger hit for the McCoys but the Vibrations got there first...

Willie Tee

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Soul Serenade: Willie Tee, “Thank You John”

Despite a lack of chart success, Willie Tee became a New Orleans legend...

Aretha Franklin

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Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “I Say a Little Prayer”

Saying goodbye to the Queen of Soul with a prayer from 1968...

Chairmen of the Board

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Soul Serenade: The Chairmen of the Board, “Give Me Just a Little More Time”

The Chairmen of the Board teamed up with Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland to create a Beach Music classic...

The Free Movement

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Soul Serenade: The Free Movement, “I’ve Found Someone of My Own”

The dog days of summer are upon us. I’m feeling lazy these days and I’ve even considered suspending the column for the rest of...

The Marvelettes

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Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “When You’re Young and in Love”

One year ago in this column, I featured Ruby and the Romantics and their 1963 smash hit “Our Day Will Come.” The record was so...

Love Unlimited

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Soul Serenade: Love Unlimited, “I Belong to You”

Under the guidance of Barry White, Love Unlimited found chart success in the 1970s...